This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Minute Maid and DiMe Media. All opinions are my own.


As the school year ended and summer vacation began, I have to admit that I worried how I would survive 11 weeks of summer vacation with my kiddos being home. I knew I’d enjoy spending time with them, but I wondered how I’d keep them entertained. Now that the new school year is upon us, I can’t believe 11 weeks have come and gone. My kids have started school again and it’s bitter sweet.

On the one hand, I am ready for them to go back to school so I can actually get some work done. But on the other, I’m going to miss them terribly! I am going to miss all of the quality time we got to spend with one another and I’ll miss our adventures. Don’t tell them this, but I sort miss all the chatter in the house…but I’ll survive, LOL. With the kids being back in school, getting to spend quality time with them won’t be as easy but the great thing is that even 5 minutes of quality time at the breakfast table or sharing an ice cream together on the way home can go a long way.


Getting back into the routine of school can be tough and the stress of the mornings may have us losing our minds, which leads to parental guilt. Feeling like we won’t be spending enough quality time with the kids also leads to parental guilt. Unfortunately, guilt is a feeling that us parents gravitate towards all too often.

As parents, we are often too hard on ourselves. Stop it…You are doing a great job! Parents, you are doing better than you think. Let’s embrace the notion of perfect imperfection: making the most of the time we spend with our kids, and making the best of some of the more challenging moments of being a mom or dad.


Who do you know that might be experiencing parental doubt, but in reality does an amazing job? Is that you? Someone you know? We want to hear from you! Tell us about a parent you know who’s #doingood!